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National Geographic Readers: Planets Paperback – July 10, 2012

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About the Author

ELIZABETH CARNEY is a writer and editor based in Brooklyn, New York. She specializes in nonfiction children's books and science, math, and STEM-related magazines. Her author credits includeEverything Big CatsEverything DolphinsGreat Migrations: Whales, Wildebeests, Butterflies, Elephants, and Other Amazing Animals on the Move, and several titles in the Face to Face and National Geographic Readers series.

Elizabeth Carney received the 2005 AAAS Science Journalism Award for science reporting for children. Her titles Face to Face With CheetahsFace to Face With Gorillas, and Great Migrations: Whales, Wildebeests, Butterflies, Elephants, and Other Amazing Animals on the Move appeared on the National Science Teachers Association's Outstanding Science Trade Book list for 2008, 2009, and 2010 respectively.
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Product Details

  • Age Range: 5 - 8 years
  • Grade Level: Kindergarten - 3
  • Lexile Measure: 0660 (What's this?)
  • Series: Readers
  • Paperback: 32 pages
  • Publisher: National Geographic Children's Books (July 10, 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1426310366
  • ISBN-13: 978-1426310362
  • Product Dimensions: 6 x 0.1 x 9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 2.4 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (210 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,146 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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By Susan W. Morrison on April 21, 2014
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I am a science educator. Astronomy and space exploration are one of my areas of special focus. I recently ordered and reviewed about twenty books on this subject before donating them to area libraries. This book is the best of the best - thorough, up to date, well illustrated, and easy to read and understand without "talking down" to kids.
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By Ella Bell on December 29, 2012
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As a retired teacher, I have only one thing to say....where were these books when I was seven. I learn something each time my Grandson and I read the book. I like that he wants to read the book to me.
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Great book for a 4 year old boy. I learned a few things myself reading this book with him. Entertaining and educational.
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My four-year-old grandson loves this book. It has heightened his interest in the planets and space travel. Even now he's excited by the publication of the images of three highly active volcanoes on Jupiter's moon Io. A Chicago boy, he has twice visited the Adler Planetarium since receiving the books and has learned a tremendous amount about planets, dwarf planets, TNO, etc. His grandmother has been taxed in trying to stay a few hours ahead of his knowledge. I could not recommend the book more, for children, parents, and grandparents!
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My five year old is learning about the planets in school so I purchased this book as a follow up to his learning. It has enough details to make it interesting but it's not so long as to have him lose interest. The pictures are vibrant and the included facts are interesting.
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I really WANT to like this book, but it just doesn't have enough content about the planet, or it's poorly arranged and presented...or something. I can't quite figure out why I don't feel that it's "great." I feel the same about the Dinosaurs book, which we ordered also. My 4 year-old's attention was lost on the first page, and she was SO EXCITED for a book about the planets.
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While the Reed kids are particularly found of planet Earth, I thought this book would work well for summer reading and learning on the solar system. National Geographic books and magazines, especially for kids, are some of the best around. This book stands up to the Nat-Geo name. It has fun facts and plenty of easy-to-understand information about our universe. We plan to take this book on our road trip next month and engage the children with trivia for bubbles and stickers. Thanks Nat Geo!
- Emma Reed, Author of Elephants: Safari Series - Facts, Trivia and Photos! (Expedition Earth) and the Expedition Earth Series
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Perfect book for my 5 year old sons that are just now getting into space and science. Lots of very interesting facts and pictures. Simple, basic language is used and it is very easy to follow along with. It pairs wonderfully with a solar system kit as a gift.
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